KOTA KINABALU: Sabah Barisan Nasional will be ready to face state assembly elections in the event it is held before term, says coalition chairman Bung Moktar Radin.
However, he said it was too early to decide if the coalition would enter an electoral pact with opposition parties Warisan and KDM.
He said Sabah BN had made preparations at every level, especially involving coordination and cooperation among the component parties.
“If there is any possibility that the state elections will be held in the near future, or in the middle or end of the year, the Umno and BN machinery is always ready. The issue of welfare and the cost of living of the people will continue to be fought for,” he said in a statement here today.
Chief minister Hajiji Noor had said last Monday that he did not rule out the possibility of the Sabah polls being brought forward, although the term of the current government ends only in October 2025.
Bung Moktar said BN would only cooperate with parties that respected mutual agreements.
“We will also look at friends who have loyalty, and sincerity in carrying out their responsibilities as partners to fight for the benefit of the people of Sabah. We don’t want any more internal crises that disrupt efforts to develop Sabah,” he said.